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Sirisena and Ranil can discuss and form new govt – Sajith

The groups that were aware of their defeat behaved in a suppressive manner inside the Chamber today (16), says UNP Parliamentarian Sajith Premadasa. Addressing a press conference held at the Parliament Complex today, MP Premadasa stated that everyone behaved like the members of a political party that came to power unofficially and unlawfully. The government MPs have acted in frenzy as...

British PM bids to win over the public in Brexit deal battle

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced the public on Friday to defend her Brexit deal as she battles to salvage the agreement and her own political future. May made a rare outing on a radio phone-in during which she faced a call to step down after a tumultuous Thursday in which ministers resigned and members of her own party plotted...

Root ton gives England 200-plus lead in second Sri Lanka Test

England skipper Joe Root hit an attacking century to counter Sri Lanka's spin and push the tourists' second-innings lead past 200 in the second Test on Friday. Root took on the spin challenge to register his 15th Test ton soon after the tea break as he raised his bat to a standing ovation from travelling English fans in Kandy. The tourists...

Japan PM in historic visit to Darwin 76 years after bombing

In a historic moment, Shinzo Abe has become the first Japanese leader to visit Darwin, Australia, since it was bombed by Japan during World War Two. The first raids in February 1942 left about 250 people dead, hundreds more injured, and destroyed numerous Allied ships as well as much of Darwin itself. Mr Abe joined Australian PM Scott Morrison in laying...

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of Cambodia genocide

For the first time, two leaders of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia have been found guilty of genocide. Nuon Chea, 92, was the deputy of regime leader Pol Pot, and Khieu Samphan, 87, was head of state. They were on trial at the UN-backed tribunal on charges of exterminating Cham Muslims and ethnic Vietnamese. The guilty verdict is the first...

Hockney painting breaks auction record for living artist

A celebrated painting by British artist David Hockney has been sold at Christie's in New York for just over $90m (£70m) - an auction record for a work by a living artist. Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) had been forecast to fetch $80m (£62m). It sold following a 10-minute battle between two bidders via telephone, after the price...

Produced by Sumanthiran, directed by Ranil & Karu only an actor

The Speaker has failed to proceed with the parliamentary sessions, alleges UFPA MP Susil Premajayantha. He stated this addressing a press conference held at the Parliament Complex this afternoon (16). The Parliamentarian pointed out that the requests made by President Maithripala Sirisena last evening (15) during the special meeting with the Speaker and the party leaders have been completely disregarded at...

Committed to safeguarding the parliament democracy despite threats – Karu

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says that he is committed to safeguarding the parliament democracy even in the face of any threats, intimidation and interruption. The Speaker also kindly requests the people of the country to act peacefully at this moment as responsible citizens who love their motherland, the Speaker’s Media Unit said in a statement.

I will not prorogue Parliament under any circumstances – President

President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will not prorogue the Parliament under any circumstances. He also urged all parliamentarians to uphold the principles of democracy and parliamentary traditions at all times. “I urge all Parliamentarians to uphold principles of democracy parliamentary traditions at all times. I will not prorogue the Parliament under any circumstances,” the President tweeted.

Parliament adjourned until Nov 19

The Parliament has been adjourned until 1.00 pm of November 19
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